Updated: Mar 27, 2019
Switching to a plastic-free safety razor was a swap that I was very nervous about. Reading reviews proved to be a little mixed, however the majority were very positive so I decided to be brave and try it out for myself. My main reason for this swap is because of the staggering number of plastic razors which are either ending up in landfill or in our oceans. In America alone, the United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 2 billion disposable razors are thrown away every year. I thought about my own plastic razor usage. I probably change my plastic blades about once a week, which is 52 non-recyclable blades a year. Double that for my husband's usage, that's already over 100!
This made my decision for me - a unisex safety razor it would be! It took me a few days to pluck up the courage to try it. I really didn't want to have to re-learn to shave, or cut myself! I soon found out that I didn't need to worry about either of these issues. Shaving whilst warm is the easiest way to avoid irritation, so I headed for the shower. I'd read that for the best results, you need to ensure the hairs are softer and the skin is goosebump free, so it's best to shave at the end of your shower or whilst in the bath. For men shaving at a sink, try dampening the face with a warm flannel first. It's also a good idea to lather up either with a shaving soap or foam, allowing for less friction as the razor can then glide more freely. I used the Friendly Soap company orange and lavender natural shave soap which smells amazing and is is paraben and palm oil free.
My first attempt was a success and I escaped with no nicks or cuts. Three months on and I am still injury free! Taking it slowly on your first attempt is the best way to get used to the weight and feel of the razor. I'm now able to shave with as much ease and speed as with my old razor and am creating far less waste in the form of disposable razors and plastic packaging. Changing the blades on a safety razor is also really easy. You can pick up replacement blades for under £10 which buys you 100. They are delivered in a cardboard box and each blade is wrapped in paper. To change the blade you simply unscrew the handle, take the old one out and slot the new one on. Keep the old blades in a tin or container, then they can recycled at your local recycling centre.
I cannot recommend trying a safety razor enough. The whole thing pleasantly surprised me and I will definitely not be going back now. My husband now also has his own and cannot rave about it enough. It gives him a much cleaner, closer shave, which is comparable to when he used to have a wet shave at our local barbers. For something so good which costs less and is better for the environment, it is a total no brainer.
You can buy a safety razor here, plus soaps and flannels packaged and delivered completely plastic-free: https://www.plasticconsciousmama.co.uk/grooming